Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Proteales

Proteaceae - Protea family

Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S.K. (1993) Proteaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006) Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate (in ours), simple, entire to toothed or pinnatifid (Grevillea). Inflorescence a raceme, spike or head. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Perianth 4-merous, the segments differentiated into a swollen base, narrow claw and expanded terminal limb, with the tube splitting before the limb to release a loop of the style. Stamens 4. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a follicle, capsule, drupe or nut.

Worldwide: 77 genera and 1600 species, in tropical and subtropical areas, especially the southern hemisphere and in particular South Africa and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 5 genera and 19 taxa.

Protea welwitschii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Faurea Harv.Description, Image
Grevillea R.Br. ex KnightDescription, Image
Leucospermum R. Br.Description, Image
Macadamia F. Muell.Description, Image
Protea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Proteaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Proteaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Proteaceae
Flora of Malawi: Proteaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Proteaceae
Flora of Zambia: Proteaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Proteaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Proteaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Proteaceae
Wikipedia: Proteaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Proteaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=187, retrieved 24 October 2020

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